Congratulations to all participants who worked with such enthusiasm on the February holiday project at Howden Park. In just 5 days, 11 participants created, negotiated and rehearsed their devised piece, The Box. The young cast completed the week by performing to family and friends in the Firefly Studio. Confident, engaging and skilled performances were professionally lit by Firefly’s trainee lighting technicians, Laura, Amy Anna. Our thanks to all who came to see it, Malcolm and our trainee tecs, Len McCaffer for filming, Maebh for making the beautiful trees for the set and Dylan for designing the programme (see below). Our thanks also to LUSH Livingston for donating raffle prizes.
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Last week’s trip to Abi Morgan’s Lovesong at the Citizen’s Theatre scored a significant hit to the tear-ducts. A great night out, a good weep and lots to ponder on. Read on for Anna and Aaron’s critical reviews….
Lovesong (Abi Morgan). Citizen’s Theatre. Friday 10th February.
Anyone who witnessed the quiet, teary group of teenagers in the lobby of the Citizens Theatre would understand without explanation our reaction to Abi Morgan’s ‘Lovesong’. The reasons for this reaction are simple. The mix of a story that seemed heartbreakingly real, blended with surreal and poignant choreography, which contained elements that were nothing short of magic. Leaving even the six-foot sci-fi geeks among us admitting to having shed a few tears.
The story is simple in linear plot terms, but the story of an old couple (Sam Cox, Sian Phillips) coming to the end of their relationship after many years is intertwined with the story of the start of their time as a couple (Edward Bennett, Leanne Rowe). All of this is set in the one location of their house which soon becomes as familiar as your own living room, despite bizarre sights such as a woman walking into a wardrobe and the younger version of herself walking out. This sort of thing happens often as one scene with the older couple merges and flows effortlessly into one with their youthful counterparts.
The emotional responses to the story itself ranged from quiet appreciation to floods of tears which lasted long after the performance had ended. But the beautiful movement sequences, surreal yet also somehow a natural part of the fabric of the story, were unanimously praised . Some I have spoken to have told me about feeling powerful emotions before they can even identify why, suddenly changing from laughter (which was frequently heard) to tears. This is the best way I can find to describe ‘Lovesong’. It is the most poignant love story I’ve seen in a long time, haunting in a way that can only be known by seeing it for yourself.
I would recommend Lovesong to others, and though it is sad, it is a very good show to see. I loved it and I’m sure others will too.
A New Year and a new Spring Programme (find the full programme on the ‘What’s On’ page). Main changes include the combining of Linlithgow Intermediates and Seniors into Company LA (lining up to compete with Company B in Bathgate?) and a revision of age groups for Explorers and Juniors (Explorers now P1 to P3 and Juniors P4 to P7). New Firefly projects for 2012 include:
TIME TO SHINE. ARMADALE DRAMA WORKSHOPS
Weekly drama sessions for P4 to P7’s on Wednesdays, from 4pm to 5pm, at Armadale Youth Space, 18a West Main Street.
Film and drama project for young people, aged 14+, with additional support needs, on Fridays 5pm to 7pm at the Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate.
731 BATHGATE NIGHTS
An exciting new film and performance project for young people aged 15+ who live in and around Bathgate, Whitburn and Armadale.
For more information on these and any of Firefly’s other projects call 08447 744496
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Firefly sent 2011 packing with a fair stream of events and productions. Firefly Production Company applied their innovative blend of British Sign Language and physical theatre into a production of The Fiend, which played to a packed house at the Edinburgh Story-telling Centre on November 5th. The piece was filmed on the day by the BBC and featured on BBC 2’s See Hear programme on Wednesday 30th November.
Some of Firefly’s senior and intermediate performers also played a key role at this year’s Guid Scratch event. Organised by Ellie Stewart and Philip Kingscott, this event brought together a vibrant mix of new writing, music and performance. Guid Scratch raised much-needed funds, offered a great night out and a fantastic opportunity to showcase West Lothian talent. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.
In December Firefly’s Winter Festival offered 3 performances of devised work by senior and intermediate performers from Livingston, Bathgate and Linlithgow. The 45 young people involved provided some astonishing performances and each performance was sold out. Congratulations to everyone involved. In particular to Eleanor and Kirsty who directed the work and co-ordinated the complex production logistics.
We planned to conclude 2011 with all workshop groups giving a brief presentation to families and friends. Unfortunately the hurricane on December 8th prevented Linlithgow’s Explorer group from brandishing their pirate skills. Commiserations to them and congratulations for great presentations from Livingston Explorers, Livingston Juniors, Linlithgow Juniors and Linlithgow Intermediates.
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